December 3, 2021

Buckeyes Open Big Ten Play Sunday at Penn State


Ohio State at Penn State
December 5, 2021
7:30 p.m.
Bryce Jordan Center – State College, Pa.
Watch: BTN
Listen: Ohio State Radio Network from Learfield
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Game Notes: Ohio State | Penn State
Ohio State | Penn State
Season Stats: Ohio State |Penn State

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State’s 110th season of Big Ten basketball starts this weekend when the Buckeyes travel to State College, Pa., to take on Penn State on Sunday evening. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. with Jeff Levering and Len Elmore calling the action.

  • The Buckeyes lead the all-time series 38-18 and are 14-10 in games at Penn State. The teams have split the last four meetings at the Bryce Jordan Center over the last four seasons.
  • Ohio State comes in on a high, having knocked-off No. 1 Duke 71-66 last Tuesday in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
  • That was the program’s 10th win over a No. 1 ranked team and it was the third consecutive win in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge for the Buckeyes.
  • Penn State dropped its Big Ten/ACC Challenge matchup at home to Miami on Wednesday and enter Sunday’s game at 4-3 overall. John Harrar leads the Big Ten and is in the Top 15 nationally at 10.9 rebounds per game. The Nittany Lions are led by Mike Shrewsberry who is in his first year with the program.
  • OSU has played three games this season that have all been decided with a basket in the final two seconds. The Buckeyes have also played two other games that were within one possession with less than 20 seconds to play.
  • J. Liddell is third in the conference in points per game at 21.3 ppg. He has four games of 20 or more points and is coming off a 14-point, 14-rebound double-double in the win over Duke. He is also among the national leaders in blocks per game as he is averaging nearly four blocks per contest.
  • Zed Key is the second Buckeye averaging in double figures at 10.0 ppg. He scored a career and game-high 20 points in the win over Duke. He had just five double-figure scoring games all of last season and has four already this season.
  • Senior captain Justin Ahrens has two or more three-pointers in six of the seven games and is shooting over 41 percent from beyond the arc in his career.
  • Transfer guard Cedric Russell had a bit slow start to the season but shined in the win over Duke. He was 3-of-3 from long range, including a key three-pointer with 2:32 left. He also grabbed the final rebound and sealed the win with two free throws. Russell finished with 12 points after having just three points on the year entering the night.
  • The Buckeyes are averaging 8.3 makes from distance per game and shooting 37.7 percent as a team from long range.